UPDATE 9:30 P.M.| Firefighters quickly knocked out an electrical fire that was contained to a mechanical room, but smoke that continued to travel up a stairwell all the way to the ninth floor prompted Swedish/Edmonds staff to relocate several patients, according to Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. She said no one was injured by the fire or the smoke.
“It kept generating smoke, and they couldn’t shut the whole electrical system down at first,” said Hynes.
Hynes didn’t know how many patients had to be relocated, but she said that some were taken down into the hospital cafeteria and another building near the hospital while the building is ventilated.
According to the My Edmonds News blog, infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and mental health patients were among at least 30 patients who were moved for precautionary reasons. A release from Swedish/Edmonds said some of those patients were transferred to Swedish Ballard and Providence Everett facilities.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. | Firefighters are setting up an information reception area for patients’ families in the Pavilion Building at 7824 216th S.W.
ORIGINAL POST | There’s a fire at Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds, according to tweets from Snohomish County Fire 1.
At about 8 p.m. the fire department reported that the fire was “contained to the mechanical area on 3rd level subbasement,” and that no injuries had been reported.
We will add information to this post as it becomes available.